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Where To Stay In Kerala? Come See The Best Resorts And Hotels in Kerala! The Southern State of Kerala in India is home to many luxurious resorts and beautiful hotels. From the lower lying beach sides, the lush hill stations and the historic Fort Kochi. There’s no doubt you will find the perfect accommodation option if you are wondering where to stay in Kerala. So, lets check out some of the best hotels in Kerala so you can find the perfect place to stay! Where to stay in Kochi? Best Hotels in Kochi Kochi, otherwise known as Cochin, is the financial capital of Kerala with a population of over 2 million. This is where you will find a international and domestic airport and likely where you will begin your adventures within the state of Kerala. It is one of the more population tourist destinations in India and as a result caters for a wide range of travelers.  From one to five star hotels, hostels and the heritage homes there will be something to fit your budget. Within Kochi there are two distinctive areas where you will find the majority of accommodation options. The first is Fort Kochi which is fairly […]

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Exploring The Hidden Foodie Highlights Of Athens With Athens Walking Tours Arriving in any new destination can often times feel overwhelming. There is a whole new country to explore, a new language barrier to over come and a different transportation system to navigate. Though, one of my favorite parts of discovering a new country is the delicious culinary experiences to be had. Arriving in Greece I was excited to learn all about the delicious dishes and street food available. That’s why I teamed up with Athens Walking Tours, partaking on their Food Tour, to discover all the taste bud tantalizing bites. We would get off the main tourist track, hitting up the local hot spots, trying the staple dishes which have become an icon within the city and testing out everything from meats, sweets, cheeses, fruits, herbs and so much more! Meeting Up For The Athens Food Tour The meeting point for the Athens Food Tour is less than a minute away from the Panepistimio Metro Station at the Zara department store, right next to Starbucks. We were staying at Athens City Hotel which was one stop over on the metro, making it journey incredibly simple. The transportation system in Athens is […]

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A Taste Of Thai Food In Kochi, India If you are ever in Kochi and you are craving something different to eat such as Thai Food, I highly recommend checking out  Thai Soul Restaurant. It is located inside the Grand Hyatt Kochi Bolgatty which is one of the latest additions to the skyline. With culinary delights inspired by authentic Bangkok street food it is a must visit when you are wanting Thai Food in Kochi. I was lucky enough to be invited for a pre-opening sneak preview of the gorgeous Grand Hyatt Kochi Bolgatty and to try lunch at their Thai Soul Restaurant. The official opening of the hotel was the 29th April 2018.  About The Grand Hyatt Kochi Bolgatty The Grand Hyatt Kochi Bolgatty is perfect for a variety of travelers. With one of South India’s largest convention centers, five restaurants and a beautiful pool, no matter your needs they will be met here. A easy 45 minute drive from the airport, as well as just 30 minutes to Fort Kochi you are in the middle of all the action. Thanks to a good selection of rooms to choose from you can enjoy city or lake views while relaxing […]

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A Morning At The Punanga Nui Market In Rarotonga On a Saturday morning you will find the majority of the Rarotongan community, locals and visitors alike, down at the Punanga Nui Market. Showing off the best the island has to offer in the 130 plus stalls, you can find everything here from fresh foods and drinks to perfect souvenirs, local music and clothing. Though, it is open throughout the week, the busiest day is no doubt on Saturdays. With a live show going on and the laid back vibes it provides the perfect social atmosphere. History Prince Edward performed at the opening of the Punanga Nui Market in 1992 and ever since it has been operating six days a week. After that it has been a tradition in the community to head there on a Saturday morning for both the locals and tourists. This has provided the perfect opportunities to sell homemade goods and purchase some one in a kind souvenirs. Where To Stay In Rarotonga? Find the best hotels in the area Kiikii Inn & Suites Beach front location with affordable bungalows from $105.00 per night. Club Raro Resort With standard rooms from $130.00 you can enjoy life on […]

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Why Kerala Is The Perfect Introduction To Your First Time In India… Oftentimes when you think of India images may flash through your head of the Taj Mahal, riding a camel through the desert and visiting beautifully decorated forts. Though, along with that amazing imagery is often a feeling of anxiety. Questions of will I get robbed, is it safe for a women or what happens if I get scammed overwhelm you and that’s where the idea of visiting stops. Though, what if I were to tell you there was a part of India that was the perfect introduction to the country. A place where people smile to you on the street, English is widely spoken and palm trees cover the landscape. Well, welcome to Kerala, the perfect India for beginners, so you no longer need to worry about where to start traveling in India. So lets get into it and find out what actually makes Kerala the ultimate introduction to India…. Kerala, The Ideal India For Beginners English Is Widely Spoken Now within India itself there are actually twenty two official languages. Different states and regions will have their own dialect which can cause issues when Indians travel domestically. […]

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Falling In Love With Kerala- Gods Own Country During March 2018, a group of 29 travel bloggers and I had the opportunity to travel to Kerala in India on the Kerala Blog Express season 5. Over two weeks we experienced the best of the state and each fell in love with Kerala in our own way. From the amazing backwaters to the mountain stations, beautiful tea plantation, special interactions with locals and the gorgeous beaches, Kerala has so much to offer! This is why I teamed up with some of the travel bloggers I explored alongside with to tell you why they fell in love with Kerala and convince you why you need to visit now! Tell Us – Why Do You Love Kerala? Why Gloria Fell In Love With Kerala Kerala was a total surprise to me. Being already two times before in India, this area of the country had my heart since the very first moment. With the most charming and kind people, giving you huge smiles as soon as you smile at them. Also, the food will make you die out of pleasure after eating it and while licking your fingers. Kerala to me is a land […]

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The Ultimate Guide To Riding A Scooter & Getting A Scooter License In Rarotonga One of the best ways to explore Rarotonga is no doubt on a scooter. It gives you the freedom to get off the main route and explore the less known gems. Though, per the law, you will need to have a valid scooter license in Rarotonga if you are wanting to hire one or drive one around. Why Do I Need A Scooter License In Rarotonga? This use to be super easy to obtain back in the day, a quick payment and suddenly its all yours. Though, this lead to many injuries on the road and even some deaths. In early 2017 this was all changed and the law regarding tourists riding scooters was all shaken up. Instead of just paying a simple fee and going for a quick circle drive, tourists now need to pass multiple tests in order to legally ride a scooter in Rarotonga. Now this may sound daunting, but trust me, from someone who has been there, done that, and has an embarrassingly horrible license photo to prove it, it it really not that bad. Where To Stay In Rarotonga? Find the […]

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Tune Hotel klia2: The Perfect Stay Just Minutes From The Airport I often find myself in Kuala Lumpur, though usually it is just for a layover between long flights so I don’t have the energy to go out and explore. Well, last year I discovered the perfect way to kill time between jetting off again, Tune Hotel klia2. Every since my first visit I have been staying there on every layover. This is actually extremely often as being based in New Zealand is awkward in terms of route options and my airline of choice is based from Kuala Lumpur. I know that after a long and cramped flight I will be welcomed by a smile and an incredibly comfortable bed, what more could you want! How to find Tune Hotel klia2 Now, don’t make the silly mistake I did on my first stay of booking at the wrong terminal. In Kuala Lumpur there are two individual airport terminals, KLIA and klia2. Tune Hotel is located in klia2. Though, don’t worry if you are flying in or out of KLIA as the express train only takes a couple minutes to travel between the terminals and costs less than $1.00. Once you […]

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Checking into the Kochi Marriott Hotel in Kerala, India Sometimes when you just arrive at an hotel you know that it is going to be the perfect stay. The smiles from the staff, the efficient check in procedures and an overall the friendly atmosphere. Well, that is exactly how it was at Kochi Marriott Hotel and it set the tone beautifully for what would be the perfect stay. From the moment I stepped through the door I had to take a second to appreciate the beauty of the lobby. With high ceilings, massive crisp white pillars and a gorgeous silver chandelier dripping from the ceiling, it is no doubt luxury oozes from every inch. Location & Accessibility The Kochi Marriott Hotel is in the perfect location to stay in while in Kochi, also known as Cochin. Being in the middle of the action you never have to travel far to your desired location. It is also the perfect base for exploring further afield in Kerala such as the famous backwaters in Alleppey or the tea covered town of Munnar. The international and domestic airport in Kochi is an easy twenty five minute drive away and the hotel can also organize […]

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Tune Hotel KILA2: The Perfect Stay Just Minutes From The Airport I often find myself in Kuala Lumpur, though usually it is just for a layover between long flights so I don’t have the energy to go out and explore. Well, last year I discovered the perfect way to kill time between jetting off again, Tune Hotel KILA2. Every since my first visit I have been staying there on every layover. This is actually extremely often as being based in New Zealand is awkward in terms of route options and my airline of choice is based from Kuala Lumpur. I know that after a long and cramped flight I will be welcomed by a smile and an incredibly comfortable bed, what more could you want! How to find Tune Hotel KILA2 Now, don’t make the silly mistake I did on my first stay of booking at the wrong terminal. In Kuala Lumpur there are two individual airport terminals, KILA and KILA2. Tune Hotel is located in KILA2. Though, don’t worry if you are flying in or out of KILA as the express train only takes a couple minutes to travel between the terminals and costs less than $1.00. Once you […]

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